Are You Feeling Challenged?

This card was created specifically for Pretty Pals Challenge #24 based upon Sunday’s sketch from Card Positioning Systems (CPS108). The Pals twist was to use buttons in the design.

I approached this card from the standpoint of “What if?” What if you did not have the supplies you wanted? I took a cue from my son the jazz trumpeter, and “improvised”!

Simply Artichoke was used as the cardbase, with paper “ribbons” of Sage Shadow. The Leaflet Stamp from the “Great Friend” stamp set (Mini Occasion Catalog release date- April 1st) was inked with the fabulous Versamark ink. I can’t stress how versatile this ink is! In fact I was so impressed with the results that I inked the back, too!

Using the paisley paper from the Dressed to the Nines Designer Series Paper to serve as its background, I inked the Watering Can stamp (Thoughts of Father set) to add a feminine touch. Using blender pens and Stampin’ Pastels, I quickly colored in this delightful little scene. If you have never used pastels, be sure to check out the Tutorials on the right hand side of this page. A corner rounder punch and a corner ticket punch added detail to the center focus. And for the Pals twist, three little vintage mother-of-pearl buttons with magenta DMC embroidery floss adds just a touch of spring and feminity to this card. So…what if you don’t have the right color of ribbon available? Make paper ribbons! And what if you don’t have the right “spring” colors of cardstock? Add a touch of sweetness and surprise with a few vintage supplies!

When I purchase stamp sets one of the many factors that I look at is the versatility of the set. The Great Friend set is definitely a versatile set of 5 stamps available from the Mini Occasions Catalog starting April 1st. The stamps in this set are multi-purpose for both card making and scrapbooking! And don’t let the name, “Thoughts of Father“, fool you into thinking that this set is purely masculine. Pairing these stamps up with Soft Subtle cardstocks makes them suitable for a wide variety of all-occasion cards as well!

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Stamp Sets: Thoughts of Father (115094), Great Friend (113792)
Cardstock: Sage Shadow (101563), Very Vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Designer Paper: To the Nines (114038)
Punches: Corner Ticket (107214), Corner Rounder (109047)
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845)
Non-SU!: DMC embroidery floss, vintage mother-of-pearl buttons

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One Comment

  1. This card looks great and is perfect for the Pals challenge. Please post it to our private blog and I’ll add it to the gallery. I love the flagged ends of your strips! Hugs, M

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